In Whitman's Hand

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[Returning to my pages' front once]

(Returning to my pages' front once
        more, resuming all,
Songs, sorrows, tragedies, with stalwart
        joys—O heaven!
The passionate, teeming play this curtain
A glance look—a flashing token of my‑
        self—to future time.
I launch to To yY ou, whoe'er you
        are, I launch, through space
These burin'd eyes—this head & globe face .
These convolutions, miniature of all

This manuscript was probably written in the early to mid-1870s, after the creation of the photograph upon which "Out from Behind This Mask" is based and before publication of the poem in 1876.
Editorial note
This manuscript is a draft of lines in "Out from Behind This Mask," a poem published first in the New York Tribune, February 19, 1876.
Out from behind this mask  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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